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The e-PD Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference was a great success -if you missed out on hearing key messages from Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Dr Shoshannah Lyons click here to view.

Heads Up! e-PD is organising a Mental Health Conference!

Following feedback from Deputy Heads, and Heads & Senior Leaders conference in January 2018 it became clear that there is a very real need for mental health and wellbeing training for young people, supporting staff’s mental health needs and creating a mentally healthy school culture across all phases of education.

A hot topic, the 2017 Children’s Commissioner Report stated that a staggering 75% of mental health problems have their roots in childhood and a 2016 Education Support Partnership survey suggested that an astounding 84% of teachers had suffered from mental health problems at some point over the past 2 years.

Planning for the conference is well under way and we are thrilled to be working with the internationally respected face of child and adolescent health – Dr Pooky Knightsmith PhD who works tirelessly to be the change she wants to see. Pooky sits on the advisory boards of various key organisations such as 'Time for Change', 'Public Health England' and 'Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition'. A prolific speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, Pooky will be a keynote speaker at this event and share practical, evidence based approaches to promoting mental health to arm you with the skills, information and knowledge you need to support children.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best and gain tried and tested approaches for tackling this important but daunting issue.

Details of the programme will be finalised soon, but we expect this event to be very popular.

The Conference will be held at Hilton Avisford Park Hotel, Arundel on 20 June 2018.

e-PD members can book their places here at a cost of 72 credits.
Non-members can book at a cost of £110 plus a £15 booking fee using the external booking form here.

Spotlight on e-PD in University of Chichester's 'Ed Plus' magazine.

In the latest Spring edition of Ed Plus (the Uni of Chi's education community magazine) Dr Jon Spence, Director of both the Institute of Education there and a firm supporter of e-PD, was keen to feature examples of how true, strong and robust partnerships can make a real difference in the current turbulent educational landscape. We were therefore thrilled to be featured within it’s pages.

'Change of course is inevitable..’ he says, but ‘…it’s the way in which we all manage that change that has a direct bearing on our day-to-day work. I am pleased to be one of the e-PD Directors and look forward to encouraging further collaboration between schools and to sharing the excellent work taking place in them.

The full article can be found on pages 34-35 of the Ed Plus magazine, Spring 2018 (ISSUE 5) available to view here.

e-PD in the News

e-PD made the news through their collaboration with The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham. A team of four media studies students worked with us on a promotional video for the West Sussex e-Learning Conference at the end of last term. The video is being finalised and we will post it on our website in due course. The students displayed great professionalism, teamwork and enthusiasm on the day and we are delighted to have worked with Collyer's on this project. Collaboration at its best!


Free online training for Governors

The Key for School Governors, Lloyds Bank and SGOSS Governors for Schools have recently developed a training module for new governors that can also be used as a refresher for existing governors. The module takes about an hour to complete and can be completed in small sections. After you have completed it you should feel prepared, confident and excited to start or continue your journey into governance.            
Click here for the link to access this free training. 

The Key - State of Education 2017 Survey Report

The Key have recently published their state of Education Report 2017. A copy of which can be found here

Online Safety - e-PD resource bank

Good practice in online safety blends external controls with internal safeguards to ensure the wellbeing of children and the conscious development of their moral compass for application in life and work.

Click here to access a range of resources and useful links aimed at helping schools to navigate a safe and effective course for online safety awareness and how to enable children to become skilled navigators of our networked world.

e-Learning Conference 2017 Resources

Click here for resources from the latest e-Learning Conference